DEAR WATCHER OF TIMES: DO I RE­ALLY AP­PRE­CI­ATE GOD’S FREE GIFTS?

THISDAY Style - - CONTENTS - For your com­ments, con­tri­bu­tions, con­nect with me here: @TonyeCole1 on Twit­ter. TONYE COLE

Show­ers come in all forms, from those just drip and that can hardly be termed as a shower to those that lit­er­ally cause you to test the laws of physics. I love show­ers, es­pe­cially those that pour forth like a trop­i­cal thun­der­storm, gush­ing forth with high pres­sure, the drop of each petal mas­sag­ing the skin, the full blast on my face, caus­ing me to hold my breath for as long as I pos­si­bly can and then emerg­ing to take deep gulps of air, each breath com­bin­ing with the amaz­ingly re­fresh­ing power that wa­ter has on the body, soul and spirit.

Maybe it has some­thing to do with lov­ing to play in the rain as a child. The trop­ics is blessed with rain and when it rains it does so with a vengeance. The heat of the day makes the cool of rain a wel­come in­ter­ven­tion, es­pe­cially at night when the sound of rain drops and even the loud boom of thun­der makes sleep even sweeter than nor­mal. So it was with a sense of shock that I ar­rived in the 5 star ho­tel in Cape Town to see the heart­felt pleas pasted in strate­gic lo­ca­tions to limit ones shower to all of 3 min­utes. To help boost the im­age, the ho­tel wel­comed it’s guests with a vis­ual tower of 220 half litre bot­tles of still wa­ter de­pict­ing how much fresh­wa­ter is used up in an av­er­age bath ver­sus a mini stack of 50 bot­tles for a 2 minute shower.

The God of cre­ation made wa­ter a vi­tal part of hu­man life. He cov­ered the earth’s sur­face with 70% of it and com­posed the hu­man body to con­sists of ap­prox­i­mately 65% wa­ter. While man can go with­out food for 4-6 weeks, it takes ap­prox­i­mately one week with­out wa­ter for the av­er­age man to ex­pire yet our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for wa­ter and it’s role in the sur­vival of our ecosys­tem is of­ten taken for granted un­til we are faced with a cri­sis. A drought in South Africa has made wa­ter, once a com­mon amenity, now an item of lux­ury. Much like in the deserts of Ara­bia and the dry cor­ners of the earth, only those faced with the re­al­ity of hav­ing to search long and hard for wa­ter can truly ap­pre­ci­ate how gen­er­ous God has been to make wa­ter so eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple on earth.

May we be gen­uinely thank­ful for the air we breath and wa­ter we drink each day.

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